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  • GOP takes State House control

    New Mexico Republicans received a boost from a popular governor and a favorable national political environment to win a majority in the state House for the first time in more than half a century.
    The GOP gained four seats in the House in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial returns. That’s enough for the party to take control of chamber — a feat the GOP hasn’t accomplished since Dwight Eisenhower was president.
    Democrats hold a 37-33 edge currently, and that appeared to be the advantage the GOP will enjoy when the Legislature convenes in January.
    District 43 was one of the races targeted by Republicans, but incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard easily defeated Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers 56 percent to 43 percent.
    Garcia Richard said in a statement Wednesday, “I look forward to getting back to work today, drafting legislation for the upcoming session, to continue to address shortcomings in our public education system and help cut the red tape for our local small businesses. There is a lot of work to be done and I look forward to hosting town halls in every community over the next couple of months, to discuss the 2015 legislative session and the issues you need addressed at the state level.”
    Garcia Richard then addressed the GOP takeover of the state house.

  • GOP gains control of State House

     

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republicans received a boost from a popular governor and a favorable national political environment to win a majority in the state House for the first time in more than half a century.

    The GOP gained four seats in the House in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial returns. That's enough for the party to take control of chamber — a feat the GOP hasn't accomplished since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

    Democrats hold a 37-33 edge currently, and that appeared to be the advantage the GOP will enjoy when the Legislature convenes in January.

    The party with a majority of House seats can elect the chamber's top leader and control the flow of legislation. A GOP majority could help Republican Gov. Susana Martinez advance her agenda.

    "We're just kind of pinching ourselves still after last night," GOP Whip Nate Gentry of Albuquerque, who is a leading contender to become speaker of the House, said Wednesday.

    Despite the shift in power in the House, Democrats will maintain a 25-17 majority in the Senate because its members aren't up for election for another two years.

  • Results from other contested state races

    New Mexico voters chose more than a governor on Tuesday. They elected a new attorney general and decided to send four incumbents back to Congress. Some other top-ticket races were still too close to call Wednesday morning. Here's a race-by-race look at this year's election:
    U.S. SENATE
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall won his second term with a victory over challenger Republican Allen Weh. A longtime businessman and retired Marine colonel, Weh managed to trim Udall's lead in recent weeks, but it wasn't enough to unseat the first-term senator. Udall is a popular former attorney general and congressman. Weh is a former state Republican Party chairman who came in second behind Gov. Susana Martinez in the governor's primary four years ago.
    U.S. HOUSE
    All three incumbents for New Mexico's congressional seats won re-election. In the 1st Congressional District that covers most of Albuquerque, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham held off a challenge by Republican Mike Frese, a 66-year-old scientist and small business owner from Corrales. For the 3rd District seat, Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan beat Republican Jefferson Byrd of Tucumcari. In southern New Mexico, Rep. Steve Pearce fended off a feisty attack from Carlsbad attorney Roxanne "Rocky" Lara and national Democrats to keep his seat.

  • Charter amendments, county races decided

    It’s 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and there are still lines of voters in White Rock and Los Alamos. No one knows the results yet, but you couldn’t tell from the expressions from some of the candidates gathered at Los Alamos Municipal Building. They were all smiles as they waited for the results.
    Most have been very busy with last minute campaigning, such as Sheriff Marco Lucero, who is a Democrat being challenged by Jaret McDonald, a Republican.
    “It’s been exhausting, a marathon,” Lucero said as he was walking out of the Municipal Building. “It’s in God’s hands now.”
    Lucero, as well as Los Alamos Municipal County Court Judge Alan Kirk, said while the issues talked about in the forums and the media were important, during the last minute phase, voters they talked to just wanted to give them support.
    “I just got a lot of positive reinforcement,” Kirk said.
    Lucero was jubilant about the support he received during his last minute campaigning, especially when driving around town. “Everyone was waving, giving their thumbs up….no matter who they support, it’s not going to change who we are,” said Lucero of his and his team’s campaign efforts.
    But even so, this was an election about issues.
    Charter Amendment Issues

  • Los Alamos County Unofficial Voting Results

    2014 General Election
    County Council
    Democrats

    Andrea Cunningham 3,509
    Michael Redondo 3,176
    Mary Susan O’Leary 3,659
    David Izraelevitz 4,104

    Republicans

    James Chrobocinski 3,570
    Rick Reiss 3,689
    Bill McKerley 3,154
    John Bliss 3,188

    District 43 House Race

    Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) 4,223
    Geoff Rodgers (R) 3,625

    Sheriff

    Marco Lucero (D) 3,878
    Jaret McDonald (R) 3590
    Magistrate Judge

    Pat Casados (D) 4,315
    Blair Redmond (R) 3,159

    Municipal Judge
    Paul Martinez (D) 2,691
    Alan Kirk (R) 4,859

    Assessor

    Ken Milder (D), 4,030
    Abe Dispennette (R) 3,378

    PEC

    Karyl Ann Armbruster (D) 4,050

    Probate Judge
    Chris Chandler (D) 4,728

    Charter Amendments
    Question 1

    Yes 4,455
    No 2,792
    Question 2
    Yes 3,259
    No 4,023

    U.S. Senate

    Tom Udall (D) 4,399
    Alan Weh (R) 3,522

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Ben Ray Lujan (D) 4,279
    Jefferson Byrd (R) 3,564

    Governor

    Gary King (D) 3,099
    Susana Martinez (R) 4,755

    Secretary of State

  • Governor wins a second term

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cruised to re-election in record-setting fashion Tuesday in Democratic-leaning New Mexico, adding to her reputation as a rising political star as the nation’s only female Hispanic governor.
    Martinez received 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger Gary King in unofficial, incomplete returns. No New Mexico GOP governor had won with more than 55 percent during the past half century.
    “While no one should ever be entirely defined by our race or our background, I am proud of what this means to people of Hispanic descent here in New Mexico and around the country. As I’ve said before, ‘En America, todo es possible,’ “ Martinez said in her victory speech, telling cheering supporters in Spanish that anything is possible in America.
    Martinez, 55, became the nation’s first Latina governor four years ago. In winning re-election, she demonstrated again that she could appeal to Hispanics and voters who cross party lines.

  • Update 11-05-14

    T-Board

    Review the Draft Transit Study and Five Year Transit Plan at the Transportation Board Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building, Room 110.

    Sierra Club

    Jeri Sullivan presents: The
    Energy-Water Nexus. 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA, bldg. 200, room 203. Jeri Sullivan presents: The Energy-Water Nexus. Sullivan will discuss issues surrounding water use in New Mexico, development of brackish water resources, and the recycling of oil-and-gas produced water as a substitute for fresh water use in exploration and production.

    Performances

    • The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert under the direction of LA Community Winds conductor Ted Vives. 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. No charge for admission, donations accepted.
    • Los Alamos Little Theatre presents: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students/seniors. Tickets available at CB Fox, lalt.org and at the door.

  • Republicans, Democrats split County Council seats

    Four open Los Alamos County Council seats were evenly split between Republicans and Democrats in Tuesday’s election.
    The top vote-getters were David Izraelevitz (D) with 4,104, Rick L. Reiss (R) at 3,689; Mary Susan O’Leary (D) had 3,659 and James T. Chrobocinski (R) totaled 3,570.
    The other four contenders were Andrea Susan Cunningham (D), who netted 3,509, John L. Bliss (R) at 3,188, Michael D. Redondo (D) had 3,176 and Billy J. McKerley (R) received 3,154.
    Izraelevitz and Reiss are both incumbents, although this is their first election. Izraelevitz was appointed in July 2011 to serve out Jim Hall’s term after Hall was appointed to represent New Mexico House District 43 after Jeannette Wallace’s death. Reiss has filled Ron Selvage’s vacated seat since September 2012.
    “I really appreciate the trust that was placed in me, especially having been appointed,” Izraelevitz said. “It’s great to feel like the community has had a chance to see the way I work and my decisions, and I seem to be going in the right direction. So that’s a great personal feeling.”

  • Voters turn out at last minute, brave long lines at polls

    Long lines were reported at the Municipal Building and White Rock Fire Station Tuesday night as voters turned out for Election 2014.
     

  • Garcia Richard tops Rodgers to win District 43 reelection

    Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard left little doubt she was the voice of District 43 as she captured more than 56 percent of the vote Tuesday night as she defeated Republican challenger Geoff Rodgers, who is also the Los Alamos County Chair.
    With all but two precincts reporting, Garcia Richard tallied 5,926 votes, compared to Rodgers’ 4,522.
    “It came to me doing the best I can to represent this district and the voters recognized that,” Garcia Richard said late Tuesday. “Look at my record, I voted with Democrats and I voted with Republicans. I voted for what was best for my district.”
    Although voter turnout was less than 50 percent across the state, they came out in droves in Los Alamos. More than 8,000 voted in this year’s midterm and late Tuesday, there were lines at all three voting centers — at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3, the Los Alamos Golf Course building and the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
    After 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building, the line was close to an hour long. And the announcment of election returns were delayed close to an hour and a half.
    “We got the vote out and the people responded,” Garcia Richard said.